ATLANTA, Ga., March 26, 2020—In response to the unprecedented pandemic of COVID-19, Jewish Family & Career Services (JF&CS) Atlanta has expanded telehealth options for several critical services and has also put into place new programs to help those in need.

Clinical Services for mental health, as well as services offered for older adults through JF&CS’s Aviv Older Adult Services, are now available via scheduled telehealth phone sessions and by video conference.  Group therapy sessions are continuing to be held by video conference as well. Contact 770.677.9474 or clinical@jfcsatl.org.

HAMSA (Helping Atlantans Manage Substance Abuse) services still continue by phone and video conferencing. Visit hamsahelps.org or call 1.888.HAMSAHELPS for addiction and recovery related support.

Aviv Older Adult Services, as part of AgeWell,is providing weekly telephone reassurance calls to older adults, information and referral services, and Kosher Food Pantry delivery. Older adult residents or family members can contact AgeWell at: 1.866.AGEWELL (1.866.243.9355) or info@agewellatl.org

Career Services, including boot camps, webinars, and career coaching are available by phone and video conference, and are becoming an urgent need as many Atlantans find themselves unemployed due to the pandemic. Contact 770.677.9311 or careers@jfcsatl.org.

The Kosher Food Pantry is available by appointment, and all food and household items will be given to clients outside of the Dunwoody campus building in a designated area, or delivered to clients’ homes. To make an appointment to pick up food or household supplies, call 770.677.9389.

The Emergency Assistance Programprovides financial help and resources to help people in need, including those with increased needs due to job losses, increased medical costs, or childcare expenses. Contact 770.677.9389 to request assistance. Donations can be made to the program, by visiting www.jfcsatl.org/eap

The Ben Massell Dental Clinicdowntown has suspended all dental services until further notice. However, Case Management services are still available.

For more information about case management, or any BMDC questions, contact  404.881.1858.

In the Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities Services, staff are using telehealth to connect with Community Access Group clients regularly to keep up social connections while the IndependenceWORKS building is closed. The Supported Employment Program is continuing to support clients, families, and employer partners virtually to match employers to potential employees. The Independent Living Program, which
includes JF&CS Atlanta’s group homes and community living supports continues to assist clients. Visit www.jfcsatl.org/iddto learn more about our IDDS programs.

“The high-quality service provided by JF&CS is made possible by the extraordinary commitment of our staff, volunteers and lay leaders,” said Terri Bonoff, CEO, JF&CS Atlanta. “We are grateful to all who are continuing to serve as our partners during this time of uncertainty. Our services are needed now more than ever. We can use your help. To donate, please visit www.jfcsatl.org/donate, ” she said.

For more information, and the latest updates on services, or to find out how you can help, visit www.jfcsatl.org.

 

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